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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Public Health

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
104731
590420
Online (CSP)
104731
590420
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
0101044
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Annual Fee
$30,240.00
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WPUBH1

Award
Bachelor of Public Health
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

If you are interested in connecting with communities and working to develop innovative and evidence-based health strategies, CDU's Bachelor of Public Health is perfect for you.

The Bachelor of Public Health focuses on addressing health disparities faced locally, nationally and globally and will prepare you to work in areas of health promotion, policy making, research and disease prevention. With flexible online delivery and option to attend on campus classes, you will graduate with a broad skill set enabling you the opportunity to work in public health across local, rural, remote and global health settings. The Bachelor of Public Health has diverse and relevant unit offerings encompassing topics such as epidemiology, cultural safety, social media, global and environmental health.

In the final year of study you will be supported by CDU academics to work with health agencies and complete your own community health project. CDU offers a range of scholarships as well as opportunities to study abroad with international study tours.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as Primary and Community health centres, Health project officer, Health promotion practitioner, Health policy development, Education facilities, Mental health settings, Alcohol and drug services, Non-government organisations, Universities and research facilities, Research officer, Rural and remote health settings, Corporate and industrial settings, Supported employment and government departments.

Professional recognition

Students are eligible to apply for membership with the following professional associations: The Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

As this course requires you to undertake a community project, you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing the community project. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

The majority of health facilities will also require you to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificate.

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Public Health has an integrated focus on Indigenous health founded on social justice and social determinants of health and cultural safety framework preparing you to apply your knowledge and skills in multiple health roles. You will gain practical experience and industry connections with the incorporation of a community project.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Core Units
 (22 units)
 220cp Compulsory Core units totalling 220 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SWK102 Communication Skills 
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
 HSC122 Foundations of Public Health 
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management 
 HSC211 Mental Health Wellbeing 
 HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 MAN204 Project Management
 PHM301 Exploring Public Health 
 SWK312 Social Research Methods
 HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  
 HSC318 Rural and Remote Health 
 HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)
 HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) 

 Specialist  Electives
 (2 units)
 20cp Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

 PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
 HSC213 Health Informatics 
 IAS352 Practices and Skills in Indigenous Community Work
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health 
 SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
 SWK313 Organisational Behaviour 

   240cp  Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2021

HSC111 Ethics in Health Care has replaced HSC210 Health Sociology from 2021. Students have completed HSC210 do not need to complete HSC111.
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1  CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC122 Foundations of Public Health  CO HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management  CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health Wellbeing  CO
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO
Year 3
PHM301 Exploring Public Health  CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) CO HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 2 SE

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1  CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) CO
HSC122 Foundations of Public Health  CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management  CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Year 3
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC211 Mental Health Wellbeing  CO
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) CO HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) CO
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
Year 4
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health   CO    
PHM301 Exploring Public Health  CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    

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Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $30,240.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

MyNextCourse

Applications via MyNextCourse are only for previous domestic CDU or BIITE* students who have graduated from one of the following:

  • a completed CDU or BIITE enabling program - ZTEP01, PTS or TEP2 (excluding TEP1)
  • a completed CDU Certificate IV or Diploma
  • a completed undergraduate course.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

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